U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.21%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.21% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.48%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.77%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), which rose 7.33% or 6.91 points to trade at 101.23 at the close. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) added 6.94% or 13.60 points to end at 209.66 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) was up 5.79% or 5.55 points to 101.37 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), which fell 1.11% or 1.38 points to trade at 122.48 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) declined 0.21% or 0.08 points to end at 37.41 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was down 0.21% or 0.40 points to 192.82.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which rose 19.61% to 7.38, Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) which was up 18.37% to settle at 10.57 and Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which gained 16.84% to close at 19.64.

The worst performers were Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) which was down 4.64% to 131.15 in late trade, ResMed Inc (NYSE:RMD) which lost 4.22% to settle at 153.71 and MSCI Inc (NYSE:MSCI) which was down 3.37% to 315.17 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were GreenPro Capital Corp (NASDAQ:GRNQ) which rose 212.46% to 2.5800, Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA) which was up 73.61% to settle at 2.33 and Mersana Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MRSN) which gained 69.05% to close at 18.19.

The worst performers were Centric Brands Inc (NASDAQ:CTRC) which was down 33.28% to 0.161 in late trade, Alcobra Ltd (NASDAQ:ARCT) which lost 28.99% to settle at 38.56 and La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co (NASDAQ:LJPC) which was down 26.35% to 5.03 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2341 to 558 and 44 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1815 rose and 859 declined, while 53 ended unchanged.

Shares in GreenPro Capital Corp (NASDAQ:GRNQ) rose to 52-week highs; rising 212.46% or 1.7543 to 2.5800. Shares in Centric Brands Inc (NASDAQ:CTRC) fell to all time lows; falling 33.28% or 0.080 to 0.161. Shares in Mersana Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MRSN) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 69.05% or 7.43 to 18.19.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.39% to 27.62.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.15% or 2.50 to $1708.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 6.26% or 2.15 to hit $32.20 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.04 to trade at $34.20 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1009, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 107.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 98.948.

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